Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Students

Shauhin Alavi

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Evolutionary Anthropology Program
Advisor: Erin Vogel

Emily Aronoff

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Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit


Research Interests: My research will address olive baboon social behaviors in regards to kinship.

Frank Batiste

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research Interests: I am studying Theory of Mind (ToM) as an evolutionary basis for human sociality. My dissertation research will be focusing on the extent to which ToM is dependent on language. That is, do variations in language--structure, use & vocabulary--translate to differences in ToM abilities accross cultures? Also, I am interested in the extent to which ToM is independent of language: what core components of ToM do we share with chimpanzees and other non-human primates?

Timothy Bransford

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Advisor: Erin Vogel

Research interests: orangutan energetics, nutrition, and life history; primate and biodiversity conservation

Susan Coiner-Collier

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor:Rob Scott

Thomas Conte

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Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk
Evolutionary Anthropology program


My research interests center on pastoralism in Mongolia, China, and Central Eurasia. More broadly, I'm interested in the evolution of prosocial behaviors: namely, why people do nice things for one another.

Melanie Crisfield

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Susan Cachel


Research Interests: Experimental biomechanics, primitive morphology and the origins of bipedalism, environmental adaptations.

Rolando de Aguiar

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Sarah Hlubik

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Jack Harris

Research Interests: Early human control of fire

K. Padmini Iyer

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research interests: Risk management; East African pastoralists; social networks

Melanie Jackson

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palmobit


I am interested in the evolution of mating behavior and the strategies that primates employ in order to maximize their reproductive success. I am also interested in how primates navigate their complex social spheres.

Mareike Janiak

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research Interests:primate dietary ecology, dietary adaptations, evolution of digestive enzymes

Research project: For my dissertation I am planning a cross-species and cross-site comparison of pepsinogens in New World monkeys, in order to investigate how differences in diet act as a selective force on enzymes in the digestive system.

Mulu ("Stan") Kivai

Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit

Research interests: Primate behavioral ecology and conservation

Alysse Moldawer

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Advisor: Erin Vogel
 

I am interested in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding home range quality and stress of wild, female, Bornean orangutans in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. My current research goals are to examine how wild female orangutans respond and adapt to inter-related factors of interest that include: forest and nutrient ecology, orangutan density, presence of anthropogenic effects, and the sociology and history of human land use within the proposed research site. I am also exploring field and laboratory methods for examining orangutan physiology.

Research Interests: orangutan behavior and ecology, political ecology, environmental anthropology, primate physiology

Michelle Night Pipe

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Advisor: Lee Cronk

Darya Presnyakova

Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Jack Harris

Research Interests: Lithic assemblages and paleolithic archaeology

Darshana Shapiro

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research interests: Miocene apes, functional anatomy of the pelvis, reconstructing primate locomotion in the fossil record.  My dissertation focuses on using the internal trabecular anatomy of the pelvis in conjunction with its external morphology to reconstruct locomotion in extinct primates, particularly Miocene apes and australopithecines.  I am interested in testing locomotor hypotheses via high-resolution X-ray computed tomography and contributing to ongoing debates in paleoanthropology about the evolutionary context of the rise of bipedalism in hominins.

Dennis Sonkoi

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Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Evolutionary Anthropology program

 
Research Interests: Generosity and Traditional risk pooling mechanisms among the Maasai of Loita in Kenya. To particularly explore how the Maasai in the strive for generosity shared pasture, water, land and other natural resources to avert the negative effects of natural calamities.

Rene Studer-Halbach

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Advisor: Susan Cachel

Research interests: My research is focused on South African, Plio-Pleistocene hominin and cercopithecoid communities. My aim is to determine whether interspecific competition can be detected through microevolutionary adaptations in extinct sympatric species, and if so, to quantify the competition coefficients between species. In other words, I am trying to understand the competitive relationships among species in extinct ecological communities, focusing on South African monkeys and hominins.

Pamela Weis

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Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research interests: I am interested in the challenges of teaching evolution to U.S. high school students. Legal and legislative battles come and go as teachers are faced with day-to-day decisions in the classroom about what to teach to students with a diverse range of views, including those who are firmly opposed to evolution. The larger U.S. science education crisis is strongly impacted by this one issue, and widespread public misconceptions about evolution do not help to improve matters. For my dissertation I intend to observe teachers and students in introduction to biology classrooms in U.S. high schools. Ultimately, I hope that this research will contribute to our knowledge about how best to teach evolution in the face of ongoing challenges.

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